The Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) provides funding to local communities so New Zealanders can be involved in local arts activities.

The scheme supports a wide range of arts (external link)projects under the following art forms:

Christchurch City Creative Communities NZ

  • craft/object arts
  • dance, inter-arts
  • literature
  • Māori Arts
  • multi-art form (including film)
  • music
  • Pacific Arts
  • theatre
  • visual arts.

Funding round opening and closing dates

Round Two

Opens 13 January 2018 and closes 24 February 2018 (for projects commencing after 1 May 2018).

Round One

Opens 13 July 2018 and closes 24 August 2018 (for projects commencing after 1 November 2018).

There are no exceptions to the closing dates.  

Your application will go to an assessment committee of people from the Christchurch area. They are appointed for their knowledge and experience of the arts and local communities.

Apply for funding

Make an application to the Christchurch Creative Communities Scheme

For more information before making an application please read the Applicant's guide [PDF, 218 KB].

Only fully completed applications submitted before the closing date will be processed.

For assistance please contact a Community Funding Adviser or email


To get funding through CCS your arts project must do at least one of the following:


  • Create opportunities for local communities to engage with and participate in local arts activities.


  • Support diverse artistic cultural traditions of local communities.

Young People

  • Enable young people (under 18 years of age) to engage with, and participate in the arts.

Your project must also

  • Take place within Christchurch and benefit local communities
  • Be completed within 12 months of funding being approved
  • Not have started or finished before CCS funding is approved
  • Not have already been funded through Creative New Zealands other arts funding programmes.

What costs can I get funding for?

  • Materials for arts activities or programmes
  • Venue or equipment hire
  • Personnel and administrative costs for short-term projects
  • Promotion and publicity of arts activities
  • Not have already been funded through Creative New Zealands other arts funding programmes.

What types of projects can't get CCS funding? 

  • Fundraising activities
  • Developing galleries, marae, theatres or other venues or facilities
  • Local Council projects
  • Projects which are mainly focussed around other areas e.g. health, education or the environment and that only have a very small arts component
  • Arts projects in schools or other education instituitions that are normally funded through curriculium or operating budgets

What costs cannot be funded? 

  • Ongoing administration or personnel costs that are not related to the specific project
  • Costs for projects already started or completed
  • Travel costs to attend performances or exhibitions in other areas
  • Food or refreshment costs
  • Buying equipment, such as computers, cameras, musical instruments, costumes, lights or uniforms
  • Entry fees for competitions, contests and exams
  • Prize money, awards and judges' fees for competitions
  • Royalties
  • Buying artwork for collections
  • Debt or interest on debt.


 Please be aware that all recipients of the Creative Communities Scheme are required to:

  1. Acknowledge the Creative Communities Scheme in any promotional material by using the scheme logo specific to your area.(external link)
  2. Acknowledge the assistance of the scheme verbally at event openings and performances.
  3. Complete  a project report at the end of the project. Reports are due within two months of the project being completed or when funds are spent. 

Future funding can be withheld if accountability requirements are not met